EXILES (Tony Gatlif, 2004)

Tony Gatlif, whose Latcho Drom (1993) is one of cinema’s greatest musicals, won the directorial prize at Cannes for Exils, which is equally stunning. Gatlif, a Frenchman, is of Romany and Algerian descent. Whereas the earlier film leaned on his Romany descent, Exils leans on his Algerian descent. Whereas Latcho Drom traces the historical trek […]

PERSEPOLIS (Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, 2007)

Its title referring to Iran’s rich history by way of an ancient Persian city, Persepolis is based on a series of autobiographical graphic novels by French immigrant Marjane Satrapi, who was a child in Iran when Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi’s reign crumbled. Tyranny begot tyranny: the Islamic Revolution, which equally opposed Marjane’s progressive family, imprisoning […]